A message from the authors


Welcome to Access to International English, a textbook designed to meet the goals specified for the five-hour English course in international English (Internasjonal engelsk – programfag i studiespesialiserende utdanningsprogram).

Access to International English is first and foremost a textbook for developing English language skills. However, language cannot be learned in a vacuum, and this book intends to provide a context for understanding some of the challenges and opportunities that the modern world presents us with.

We believe that this revision maintains the strengths that Access textbooks are well-known for. Focus texts written specially for our students provide a thorough, up-to-date overview of the themes that are dealt with, including in-depth case texts taken from many sources and representing many text genres. A wealth of varied tasks, both in the textbook and online, enable students to develop both their language skills and their understanding of the issues.

The textbook has five main chapters. Chapter 1 deals with the often controversial issue of the media and its role as both a mirror and a shaper of the modern world. Chapter 2 looks into multiculturalism across the English-speaking world and how the meeting of cultures continues to affect our lives. Chapter 3 focuses on some of the global challenges we face in the 21st century, while Chapter 4 looks at the opportunities for education and employment in a globalised English-speaking world.

Chapter 5 is devoted entirely to literature and literary analysis, making use of examples focusing on particular aspects of the literary texts. The aim here is to provide students with models and inspiration for writing their own analyses. The chapter includes several new texts, both poems and short stories, and also a longer story (“The Fugitive”) to provide an opportunity for more extensive reading.

One of the challenges of the modern world is to see how different issues impact on each other, and to this end we have tried, through tasks and references, to make connections across the chapters concerning such issues as the environment, gender and migration.

The writing and text analysis courses introduced in the previous edition have been kept and are now placed at the end of the book. The text analysis course has been revised to make it more conducive to the type of text analysis students are often required to do in examinations.

The textbook is, of course, only part of what Access to International English has to offer. In addition, there is this extensive and free website that provides interactive tasks, updated articles, useful links for the in-depth assignments found in “Digging Deeper”, systematic work on selected films – and much more. The website also contains Teacher’s Resources, including a suggested year plan, keys to tasks, suggested chapter tests and PowerPoint presentations of core texts.


We hope you will find Access to International English both enjoyable and rewarding to use.

The authors